Date: Feb 27, 2014
Also Called: Shivratri, Happy Shivaratri
Celebrations: Worshiping Lord Shiva, fasting
Maha Shivaratri, which means to “great night of Shiva” is a Hindu festival which is celebrated in India as well as in Nepal. The festival is celebrated on the new moon day in the month of Maagha according to the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to venerate Lord Shiva, an important festival in Hindu culture. It is also known as padmarajarathri. Alternate common spellings include Sivaratri, Shivaratri, Sivarathri, and Shivaratri.
Maha Shivaratri 2014 History :
If we look for the Maha Shivaratri 2014 History, There are many mythological legends associated with this day. According to One of the legend, when a hunter could not find anything to kill for his food in a forest, he waited on the branch of a Woodapple tree. In order to attract deer, he started throwing the leaves of the tree on the ground, unaware that there was a Shiva Lingam beneath the tree. Pleased with the Woodapple leaves and the patience of the hunter, it is believed that Lord Shiva appeared in front of the hunter and blessed him with wisdom. From that day onwards, the hunter stopped eating meat.
Another legend about the Maha Shivaratri History is that after the Earth was faced with an imminent destruction, Goddess Parvati pledged with Lord Shiva to save the world. Pleased with her prayers, Lord Shiva agreed to save the world on the pretext that the people of the Earth would have to worship him with dedication and passion. From that day onwards, the night came to be known as Maha Shivratri and people began worshipping Shiva with a great enthusiasm.
Maha Shivaratri celebration in India :
Maha Shivratri is a festival of Hindu which is celebrated by people following Hinduism in India. People often fast on the night of Shivratri and sing hymns and praises in the name of Lord Shiva.
Across the country, Hindu temples are decorated with lights and colorful decorations and people can be seen offering night long prayers to Shiva Lingam. Woodapple leaves, cold water and milk are offered to the Shiva Lingam on this day as they are believed to be Lord Shiva’s favorite.
It is believed that the people who often fast and go to the Temple on Maha Shivaratri they have get good luck in their lives. The most popular Maha Shivratri celebrations take place in Ujjain, as believed that this is the place of Lord Shiva.